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The Moral Rights of Animals

Edited by Gary Lynn Comstock (NHC Fellow, 2007–08; 2008–09) and Mylan Engel, Jr.

The Moral Rights of Animals by Gary Lynn Comstock (Fellow, 2007-08; 2008-09)

Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016

From the publisher’s description:

Edited by Mylan Engel Jr. and Gary Lynn Comstock, this book employs different ethical lenses, including classical deontology, libertarianism, commonsense morality, virtue ethics, utilitarianism, and the capabilities approach, to explore the philosophical basis for the strong animal rights view, which holds that animals have moral rights equal in strength to the rights of humans, while also addressing what are undoubtedly the most serious challenges to the strong animal rights stance, including the challenges posed by rights nihilism, the “kind” argument against animal rights, the problem of predation, and the comparative value of lives. In addition, contributors explore the practical import of animal rights both from a social policy standpoint and from the standpoint of personal ethical decisions concerning what to eat and whether to hunt animals.

Unlike other volumes on animal rights, which focus primarily on the legal rights of animals, and unlike other anthologies on animal ethics, which tend to cover a wide variety of topics but only devote a few articles to each topic, this volume focuses exclusively on the question of whether animals have moral rights and the practical import of such rights. The Moral Rights of Animals will be an indispensable resource for scholars, teachers, and students in the fields of animal ethics, applied ethics, ethical theory, and human-animal studies, as well as animal rights advocates and policy makers interested in improving the treatment of animals.

Philosophy / Animal Rights / Morality /

Comstock, Gary Lynn (NHC Fellow, 2007–08; 2008–09), ed. The Moral Rights of Animals. Edited by Gary Lynn Comstock and Mylan Engel, Jr. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2016.